MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) — The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the person whose body was discovered at the Cypress Gardens Boat landing Wednesday afternoon.
Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury says Donald Blair, Sr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On August 24 at approximately 10:30 a.m., deputies were contacted by the security team of the Berkeley County School District about conducting a welfare check on Blair —who had missed a scheduled appointment, according to Berkeley County Chief Deputy Mike Cochran. We’re told deputies searched areas that he’s was known to frequent and located a vehicle matching his vehicle’s description.
Blair was found after investigators check of the woods near the Cypress Gardens Boat Landing. “One of the K-9 units walked down into the woods. There is a path and that’s where they found the body,” Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver said.
Blair was recently arrested for third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery of a student 16 to 17-years-old.
An investigation revealed Blair engaged in a sexual relationship with the female student, then 15, in late 2014 and early 2015 on the grounds of Goose Creek High School — where he was a mechatronics instructor.
He was booked into the Hill Finklea Detention Center and was released Tuesday on a $20,000 surety bond.
The Berkeley County School District issued the following statement on Blair’s death:
District officials received report of Mr. Blair’s passing Wednesday morning, August 24. As this is a deeply private and personal matter for the Blair family and the faculty and students of Goose Creek High School, we ask that you respect their privacy during this time. Grief counselors are available to our faculty and students at Goose Creek High, and we will continue to offer support to them as they process this news.